A section of youths claiming to be National Resistance Movement supporters flocked Kamwokya streets to protest the decision by the United Kingdom Parliament to discuss Uganda’s democracy, something they found provocative.
The youths who were clad in yellow NRM shirts held placards and other written material reading, “Back off Dr. William, You are not a Ugandan”. The youth threw stones and matched to the British High Commission Offices in Kamwokya, Kampala saying they do not want the discussion to continue, or else they were to riot.
Police swung into action and cooled the commotion that was already disrupting the traffic and arrested three of the members. Mr Luke Owoyesigire, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson said the three are being held at Kira Road Police station on charges of inciting violence.
“We are yet to take statements from them, to know what they were exactly doing but we shall hold them until they tell us what the matter is,” Mr Owoyesigire said.
The UK minister of State for Africa, Mr Harriett Baldwin, on Tuesday evening said adherence to democracy, democratic processes such as rule of law and strong institutions are at the core of their development agenda in Uganda, and they continue to engage government on the matter.
The minister for International Cooperation, Mr Okello Oryem, in response to the allegations said he has no apologies to the UK government.
He said after 30 years of stability and prosperity, the agenda to destabilize Uganda is back on course.
“It is funny at this particular moment when chaos and turmoil engulf the Democratic Republic of Congo, commotion in South Sudan, a coup attempt in Gabon and Bashir struggling in Sudan, then Williams chooses Uganda,” Mr Oryem said.